recording of The Lost Stradivarius by J. Meade Falkner.
The Lost Stradivarius (1895), by J. Meade Falkner, is a short novel of ghosts and the evil that can be invested in an object, in this case an extremely fine Stradivarius violin. After finding the violin of the title in a hidden compartment in his college rooms, the protagonist, a wealthy young heir, becomes increasingly secretive as well as obsessed by a particular piece of music, which seems to have the power to call up the ghost of its previous owner. Roaming from England to Italy, the story involves family love, lordly depravity, and the tragedy of obsession (Summary by Wikipedia)
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February 4, 2010
Music and the soul
This is an intriguing story which, at its heart, is about the power of music as an expression of, and influence upon, our deepest selves. I wondered at times whether it might have been a source of inspiration for the movie "The Red Violin" since the book and the movie share a number of concepts although the story lines are quite different.
Serviceably-read by a number of different readers. Thank you for introducing me to this interesting author!